May 30, 2013
#InstagramDiary: Cape Point
Natalie Roos’ body was born in Johannesburg… but her soul was always Capetonian. At the age of 14, Natalie started work in the television industry, presenting popular local kids TV show, KTV. Ten years and another TV job later (presenting celebrity gossip show JIP on Afrikaans music channel MK), Natalie made the move down to Cape Town where she started her blog, Tails of a Mermaid (www.tailsofamermaid.com). Her love for the internet and all things communication-driven became a natural progression to a career in Social Media, where she worked in an agency managing the online presence, content and reputation of various brands.
Natalie’s passions include cats, communication and Cape Town.
The drive from the city out to Cape Point is possibly one of the most beautiful drives that Cape Town has to offer – it takes you through Sea Point, Hout Bay, along Champan's Peak Drive, and through Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Sweetwater, Witsand, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough.
Along the way you might be lucky enough to drive past a pod of dolphins playing in the bay, or a troop of baboons crossing the road ... so don't forget to Instagram!
Cape Point lies 60km from Cape Town in the Table Mountain National Park, part of a World Heritage Site. Its natural beauty encompasses thousands of hectares of fauna and flora, including buck, baboons and more than 250 species of birds.
There is also an iconic lighthouse at Cape Point, which stands at 249m above sea level.
Take the funicular to the viewing point and Instagram to your heart's content before taking it back down for lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant. Or, if you're up for a bit of exercise, the walk down takes 90 minutes and will really help you work up an appetite.
Fifteen things to do at Cape Point
- Take in some of the most breathtaking ocean and mountain scenery in the world
- Ride the Flying Dutchman funicular up to the viewing point, below the old lighthouse
- Sample world-class cuisine and enjoy the most spectacular vistas over False Bay from the Two Oceans Restaurant
- Shop for curios and mementos at the three Cape Point shops
- Discover cultural and historical spots, including monuments to early explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias
- Great swimming spots, picnic sites and walks at the Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools
- Photograph the more than 1 100 indigenous plant species that grow nowhere else in the world
- Watch massive whales moving past Cape Point on their annual migration
- Keep an eye out for the more than 250 bird species occurring here, including some endemic to the area
- Spot the Cape mountain zebra and the eland, among a variety of other fauna
- Walk the shipwreck trail to view a few of the 26 recorded shipwrecks around Cape Point
- Hike along a wide variety of scenic and overnight trails through natural fynbos and along sandy beaches
- Take part in a range of exciting outdoor activities, such as sea kayaking and mountain biking
- Explore a wide variety of stunning dive sites that lie waiting to be explored on both sides of the Point
- Always keep a lookout for the legendary ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman!
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